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Kids Halloween Party {Owl Cake}

Throw a super fun kids Halloween party with lots of food, snacks, spooky decor and an owl cake that’s decorated with Oreo eyes.

There are so many amazing spooky party ideas and themes that I have come across in books, magazines, Google searches and Pinterest searches. All of that research inspired me to put together this post. If you have a kid whose birthday happens to fall on the 31st of October, consider throwing them a “not so scary halloween birthday party.” It will be an absolute blast! Scroll to the bottom of this post for instructions on making an owl cake.

What is a Halloween party?

It’s a party that’s thrown on October 31st with lots of spooky and creepy games and food. It can be geared towards kids or adults.

How do you plan a Halloween party?

  1. Start off with making lists– Make guest list, menu list, grocery list, decor list, games list, music list, party favors list, chores list such as cooking, cleaning e.t.c. You need to be organized, in order for the event to take off smoothly.
  2. Go shopping– Cross off everything on your lists as you buy them or as you complete those tasks.
  3. Send out invitations– You can design invitations and flyers on Photoshop or you can easily buy them on Etsy, Amazon, Dollar Stores, Target and even Party City. They are quite cheap and affordable and there are many designs to choose from. Send them out to your family and friends via email, text or good old-fashioned snail mail.
  4. Set up– Decorate home, set out all the food, set up music, photo booth area. Keep it all organized.
  5. Enjoy– Have lots of fun, take lots of pictures and make spook-tacular memories!
Easy Kids Halloween Party Ideas- Shot of the Full Dessert Table

What do you buy for a Halloween party?

This would be a typical shopping list for this kind of party:

  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Disposable utensils
  • Paper cups
  • Serving dishes
  • Party favors
  • Decorations (Such as balloons, streamers, banners, lots of pumpkins, Jack O’Lanterns, candles, smoke machine, fake cobwebs, paper bats e.t.c.)
  • Scary music
  • Table covers
  • Food (more details below)

Halloween party decorations/ ideas

You can get as creative as you like! Keep it simple or go over the top. For kids parties, I recommend keeping it fun, lively and simple.

Use balloons, streamers, banners, plastic spiders, paper bats, fake spider webs, smoke machines, lots of pumpkins, Jack O’ Lanterns, cloth ghosts, spooky red or green lights, fake blood, photo booth with props, cauldrons, lanterns, candles, inflatables, hanging decorations like paper lanterns, fake eyeballs, plastic teeth.

I suggest using a banner in front of the table and on the wall, behind the table. It creates the best overall look!

Be sure to use colors that compliment each other. Since this party is geared towards kids, use bright colors like red, green and orange and don’t pick anything too scary.

Halloween Party Decorations- Closeup Shot of EEK Banner

Halloween party food ideas and snacks- Desserts

This is my favorite category. When it comes to desserts, think of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and bars. These would be your usual recipes but given a creepy makeover. Try some of these ideas:

Chocolate is an ingredient you can use in so many fantastic ways. Try these Rolo Chocolate Spiders or Rolo Chocolate Monsters or Chocolate Caramel Apples or Homemade Candy Eyed (Eyeballs).

Serve various chocolates and candies in scary containers such as a coffin box. You can find this at the Dollar Store.

Halloween Food- Chocolates in Coffin Box

Or get a creepy cat container and stuff it with candy corns. It looks like the cat is puking.

Halloween Candies Served in Black Cat Mouth

Here’s another idea: Fill silicon cupcake molds with melted chocolate and add a variety spooky candies like eyeballs, gummy worms, bones. Let this set, remove from molds and enjoy!

Spooky Chocolate Clusters With Gummy Worms and Eye Balls

Cookies are an easy addition to any party and you can get very creative with them, especially if you are good at piping but these are some easier ideas that don’t require any special skills: Spider Cookies, Monster Cookies, Dracula Cookies (Vampire Cookies), Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies, Frankenstein Cookies.

Cakes are the main feature of any party and dessert table. There are so many cool ideas to choose from but this one was the easiest and something that kids can even make with you. Just frost the cake in orange icing and stick Oreos and candy corns all around the sides to make it look like “owl eyes.” RECIPE AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS CAKE ARE AT THE END OF THIS POST IN THE PRINTABLE RECIPE CARD.

Here are some more Halloween cake ideas:

Halloween Cake- Owl Cake With Oreo Eyes

Desserts on a stick are super popular. Try cake pops or these granola bars on a stick. Make them at home or buy them at stores. Then, push a lollipop stick through them. Drizzle green melted chocolate and stick eyeball candies. I also added some cute bow sprinkles (They are from Wilton).

Halloween Snacks- Monster Desserts on a Stick

Halloween Drinks

In terms of drinks, glow in the dark punch or other fun colored drinks are always a hit. Make it even scarier by using dry ice to create smoke. Serve them in beakers and flasks to make it even more fun!

Halloween Drinks in Glass Beakers

Halloween Savory Food- Main course & Appetizers

This should mostly be finger food and other items that can easily be eaten while you are mingling with friends. Here are some ideas:

  • Pizza– Make it in the shape of Frankenstein or Jack O’Lantern or make little spiders all over them with black olives.
  • Sandwiches and sliders- Stick funky Halloween toothpicks. Make sure they are small so they are easier to eat.
  • Fries and chips– Buy limited edition Halloween ones from grocery stores.
  • Breadsticks– Make them in the shape of witch fingers or use gel coloring to color them green, orange, red or black.
  • Dips and Tortillas– Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut out fun tortilla shapes. You can also use seasonal tortilla chips which have cool shapes and colors. If you are serving a dip that’s white in color, consider adding a few drops of red or green food coloring.
  • Nuggets– Buy Halloween shaped ones.
  • Deviled eggs– Color them black or red to make them super spooky.
  • Salads– Individual salad cups in seasonal cups are awesome!
  • Pigs in a blanket– Make them look like mummies.
  • Cheese and crackers– Cut out cheese with Halloween cookie cutters like ghosts or bats.
  • Cheese balls– Mold it into a shape of a pumpkin, mummy, ghost, Frankenstein or a bat.

Buy a big container of cheese balls and decorate the container with a Sharpie marker to make it look like a Jack O’Lantern. Don’t forget to put a witch hat on top!

Spooky Party Snacks Decorated With a Witch Hat

Fill a cauldron with popcorn munch, which is a combination of popcorn, cereal, pretzels, and candies. Kids love this!

Popcorn Mix in Black Cauldron

As far as games are concerned, I set up a ghost piñata and kids had a blast! You can also set up a coloring station, board games and other simple games to keep the little ones busy.

Halloween Games- Ghost Pinata

When it comes to party favors, I kept it simple and gave each kid these light-up pumpkins and bats. You can also make these Halloween Treat Bags (Gloves).

Halloween Party Favors in Pumpkin Basket
Halloween Cake- Owl Cake
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Halloween Owl Cake

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Decorating time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Easy owl cake recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Decoated with orange icing and Oreo eyes. Fun for kids Halloween parties!
Yield: 9 Slices

Ingredients

  • 1 Chocolate cake
  • 3 cups Orange frosting
  • 20 Oreos, Split in half. You will only use the cream filled side of the cookie for this cake. Keep the other non-cream filled side of the cookie in a sealed bag for another dessert
  • 10 Brown m&m candies
  • 10 Candy corns

Instructions 

  • Bake the cake and allow it to cool completely.
  • Cut the cake in half.
  • Place one half of the cake on a cake stand.
  • Spread orange icing on top.
  • Place the other half of the cake on top of the icing and press gently.
  • Frost the entire cake smoothly in icing.
  • To make owl eyes, stick brown m&m candies on the centers of the cream filled Oreos.
  • Stick these prepared Oreos on the cake- 2 should be placed close together to create the illusion of eyes.
  • Stick the candy corns below the eyes to create a small beak.
  • Sprinkle some crushed Oreos on top of the cake, if you like. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 652kcal, Carbohydrates: 107g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 644mg, Potassium: 246mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 79g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 652
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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